We are on a mission to create belonging through intimate social gaming communities. We call the hosts of these communities Game Masters AKA: GMs. And we believe being a Game Master is the best gig economy job in the world!
We’re building what we know and ultimately want to use ourselves. (One of our founders is the OG San Francisco Game Master)
We’re all passionate gamers (tabletop, video games, whatever!) who want to spread the joy we’ve known for years.
💜 Build Community 💜
At StartPlaying, we deeply understand...
how to incorporate fun and play
diversity and safety in our community are of the utmost importance
people want a fast and easy way to play awesome games with cool humans 😎
It all starts with the right team — a team that cares deeply about values, players, Game Masters, and each other.
💥 Create massive impact 💥
For our GMs: We build tools to help the small creators, not the Matt Mercer’s of the world (though we still think he’s really cool). Many of our GMs make a living running games on StartPlaying which is creative, social, flexible, and meaningful work.
For our players: We wanted to create a world where every person, no matter where you live, or what language you speak, has a place to find GMs, other players, and games they love. Many of our players have found belonging in their StartPlaying communities. They’ve written books about their experiences, reconnected with family members, and attended each other’s weddings! (Ask us to see a clip during your interview 😊)
Today, we're solving the first step: creating a great user experience for both GMs and players in the virtual space. The next few steps are doing the same in the in-person space, and then eventually for kids! Over time, we will expand and innovate within and outside of the space.
🙌 Do the best work of your life 🙌
As a team we have an eclectic group, and we love that. We’ve created delight in every aspect of life from conventions to brick and mortar stores. We've made products at some of the top product-led organizations and shipped experiences millions of customers still use every day.
We love passionate people who are obsessive about what they do. We care about quality over quantity and working with people that inspire and excite us. We want to give you the tools, environment, team, and resources you need to do your best work.
YCombinator, a16z, Sahil Lavingia, & Rahul Vohra among many others.
We are looking for an experienced product designer to lead all design at StartPlaying.
This will range from crafting an iconic brand, through producing the most beautiful TTRPG GM and Player experience ever made, to researching new features and conceiving new products. You will push both web and mobile to their limits.
As StartPlaying scales, will build and direct your own design team.
Autonomous: You’re comfortable navigating through uncertainties, driving product uncertainty to clarity, and communicating product vision to the team. You are a proactive self-starter, and you drive rapid change. You fix things that are broken.
Authentic: You bring your authentic self to work and are able to have fun, not taking yourself too seriously, and genuinely love what you do.
Brand: You are very enthusiastic about certain products and can articulate why they’re incredible. You are excited to build a premium brand.
Communication enthusiast: You have strong written and verbal communication skills and can use that ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with a diverse range of people and job functions. You are concise, thorough, and have impeccable grammar.
Community Driven: You are passionate about the community you’re designing for. You deeply understand how customers think. You can accurately predict how changes will make them feel. You enjoy creating delight.
Collaboration: You enjoy high bandwidth and productive conversations with growth, engineering, and product management. You reach out to peers and cooperate with supervisors to establish an overall collaborative working relationship.
Detail-oriented: does not let important details slip through the cracks or derail a project.
Empathy: You deeply understand how customers think. You can accurately predict how changes will make them feel. You enjoy creating delight.
Have taken the Oath of Growth: You have a growth mindset. You give and receive feedback well without getting defensive, take accountability for your mistakes and choose to learn from them, and you approach subjects and issues with curiosity.
Intentional: You are able to, and enjoy, explaining the why of your design decisions.
Organized: Plans, organizes, schedules, documents, and budgets in an efficient, productive manner. Focuses on key priorities.
Passionate: You love design.
Product: You dig deep to understand what users really want. You explore multiple directions and relentlessly simplify. You create prototypes in Framer, Principle, HTML/CSS, etc.
Speed racer: You have a bias for speed, taking risks, and failing fast.
Visual: You are adept with color, layout, motion, and typography. You are great at transitions, animations, and micro-interactions. You create high-fidelity mockups in Sketch, Figma, etc.
Generate insights from user research, market/competitor research
Use user feedback to improve our designs
Research existing products to deeply understand the state of the art
Present findings of your research to the team
Create excellent UX/UI designs.
Produce high-fidelity visual designs that express our brand values
Define and operate an efficient design process
Take ownership of the design system by incorporating new designs into the component library
Play games and bond with the team
Explore workflows and interactions through prototypes
Find opportunities to simplify and ways to infuse our product philosophy
Iterate quickly with feedback from the team
Work closely with engineers to ship very high-quality experiences
Own the impact of your work, and initiate follow-up to continually improve it
(Optionally) Write and present what you learn via our blog, social media, and community events
Nice to have: Product - Marketplace
5+ years of experience across both product and visual/brand design
Proficiency with Figma
Nice to haves:
Nice to have: Product - Marketplace
Technologies we use:
Tools: Figma, Notion, Discord, Zoom.
We're a fully remote company. We don't care much about "work signaling" — we care about tangible output.
We try not to take ourselves too seriously. Our Discord is filled with frequent memes, gifs, and music posts.
We critique each other's work, give constructive feedback, and intently listen when others speak.
We love to celebrate each other! Whether it's customer love, a work milestone, or major life event — praise is fundamental at StartPlaying. The best part: figuring out how to surprise and delight your teammates!
We come from eclectic and diverse backgrounds and we respect and openly teach each other about those backgrounds.
We love adding easter eggs to the site or internal documentation.
We listen, if you have ideas on making the company better we want to hear them
We are building the company and the product simultaneously. So if you want to build a cool product and help build a company you’ve come to the right place!
✅ Taking Care of Your Future ✅
Medical, dental and vision insurance: 100% coverage for you, 50% coverage for all your dependents.
Voluntary insurance: short-term disability, long-term disability, and life insurance.
401(k) plan through Slavic401(k).
Free access to OneMedical, Health Advocate, and Teladoc
🏝 Generous Time Off 🏝
Take as much vacation as you like (no less than 2 weeks!)
All Federal holidays, plus Thanksgiving and Winter Break.
We’re flexible on individuals moving their time off to align with their celebrated holidays.
Flexible parental leave
One free nerd convention (of your choosing) + one company sponsored offsite/trip per year
✍️ Investing in Your Growth ✍️
We budget for your professional development.
We do an optional company “book club”. We read books together and discuss if/how to implement some of the ideas into the company.
We do team building activities and seminars together.
💯 Setting You Up For Success 💯
Custom MacBook Pro.
$1000 budget for workstation setup (not including your MacBook)
Flexible spending accounts for commuter costs, dependent care, and healthcare expenses.
At StartPlaying, we value diversity. We are an equal opportunity employer: we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. (We shouldn’t have to say that, but we unfortunately have to)
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